Huntsville City Schools
|Huntsville City Schools|
|200 White Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
|Superintendent||E. Casey Wardynski, Ph.D.|
|Asst. Superintendent(s)||Barbara J. Cooper, Ph.D.|
|Students and staff|
Huntsville City Schools is the school district serving Huntsville, Alabama. As of the 2010-11 school year, the system had 23,374 students and employed 1,738 teachers. The district oversees 40 schools: 21 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 5 PreK-8 schools, 5 high schools, along with 3 special education centers, and 4 magnet schools. The school system finished the 2010 fiscal year with a debt of nearly $20 million the largest of any school system in Alabama by a significant margin. However, after Dr. Casey Wardynski was appointed superintendent, he worked to erase the school system's debt and bring the budget into surplus.
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In 2014 officials from the school district began monitoring social media activity from students. The officials stated that a phone call from the National Security Agency (NSA) prompted them to do so. In the 2013 fiscal year it paid Chris McRae, a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI), to run this program.
- Community Intensive Treatment for Youth (C.I.T.Y.) (alternative school)
- Huntsville Center for Technology (vocational school)
Board of Education
- District 1 - North Huntsville
- District 2 - East Huntsville
- District 3 - South Huntsville
- District 4 - Downtown Huntsville
- District 5 - West Huntsville
Currently, a major overhaul of the cities school facilities and curriculum is occurring. In 2012, a new digital curriculum was issued, giving all students laptops and increasing digital usage for teaching. This was done to take advantage of the growing use of computers and to help give students easy access to information and organization. In 2011, a $194 million five year capital plan was granted by the Alabama Board of Education to the Huntsville City School System. With this, the city plans to renovate and construct new facilities for many of its aging campuses. These include a new Blossomwood Elementary School, New Freshman Academy for Huntsville High School, construction of a new building and campus for the combination of Lee High School and New Century Technological School, construction of a new Whitesburg Elementary, Virgil I. Grissom High School (the cities largest student body), and J. O. Johnson High School. Renovations and consolidations for many other of the cities schools is also planned.
- "Administration". Huntsville City Schools. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
- "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Huntsville City". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
- Huntsville City Schools Annual Report 2007-2008 (PDF), p. 9
- Huntsville City Schools almost $20 million in the hole, worst in the state, retrieved 2011-02-28
- Stephens, Challen. "Huntsville schools say call from NSA led to monitoring students online." Alabama Media Group. September 24, 2014. Retrieved on September 25, 2014.
- "Huntsville schools paid $157,000 to former FBI agent, social media monitoring led to 14 expulsions" (Archive). AL.com. November 1, 2014. Retrieved on November 3, 2014.
- Huntsville City Schools website
- Bonvillian, Crystal (June 2, 2011). "Demographer recommends closing nine Huntsville public schools". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
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